A Brief Activity Report
october 2004 - October 2016

he Centre for Development and Peace Studies, Guwahati, has undertaken various activities, including research and impact studies, seminars and workshops, since its inception. The major activities undertaken by the Centre include:

24-25 October 2016: The second phase of the Sabal Bidhayak programme was held successfully.
2-4 October 2016: The first phase of the intensive orientation programme titled 'Sabal Bidhayak' was held in Guwahati. It is a part of a series of orientation programmes for the Members of the Assam Legislative Assembly. The programme is designed and organised by CDPS and is initiated by the Assam Assembly.
22 May 2016: Dr BK Das, a technocrate in the oil sector as well as an Emeritus Professor at Dibrugarh University and a Visiting Professor at Tezpur University has taken over as the new president of CDPS at CDPS Board of Governors' meeting .
CDPS participated at the Regional Conference on Refugees in South Asia on 2-3 May 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Ms Rani Pathak Das, Senior Research Associate of the Centre, presented a paper titled Migration in India's Northeast: A Live Politico-Electoral Issue. The Conference was organised by COSATT.
April-May 2016: Under its internship programme, two post graduate students are working with CDPS.
16 February 2016: A Round Table Consultation on Tribal Women’s Rights in Northeast India: Access to Representation and Justice was organized by CDPS at Guwahati. The Consultation was a part of a field-based study on the same subject completed by CDPS in February 2016. It was supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata and was well attended by social workers, activists, academics, scholars, writers, veteran journalists, college and university teachers and students, bureaucrats, apart from others.
CDPS Executive Director Mr Wasbir Hussain participated in the 2016 planning conference of Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT), 28 January 2016, Singapore
December 2015-March 2016: CDPS completes a field-based evaluation study of Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) for the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Assam. The study covers three districts of Assam: Darrang, Morigaon and Karbi Anglong.
June 2015-February 2016: CDPS has done a field based Study titled Tribal Women’s Rights in Northeast India: Access to Representation and Justice. The Study covered three states in the Northeast: Nagaland, Meghalaya and Assam.
On November 17, 2015, CDPS Executive Director Wasbir Hussain participated in a workshop titled Network Building Workshop: Energy Security and Climate Change in South Asia in Kathmandu, Nepal. He made a presentation on the theme of the workshop.
Between February 2015 and April 2015, CDPS conducted an Impact Assessment Study of CSR Activties of Numaligarh Refinery Limited. Study commissioned by NRL.
December 2014-June 2015: CDPS completed an Analytical Report on Women's Participation in MGNREGA Work in Assam for the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Assam. The Study is an analysis of the findings of the Social Audit of MGNREGA conducted by SIRD in 27 districts of Assam.
A Two-day International Seminar titled Shared Rivers in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects in Lower Riperian States was organized by CDPS on 16-17 March 2015 in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata. The Seminar was held at Tezpur University, in partnership with the University’s Department of Sociology.
January 2015-May 2015: Study on Monitoring Teacher and Students' Attendance was done at schools in four districts of Assam, namely, Jorhat, Darrang, Karimganj and Karbi Anglong. The Study was commissioned by Axom Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission (SSA, Assam).
CDPS, Guwahati and Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi successfully organized a Consultative Workshop on Sub Regional Economic Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges with Reference to Northeast India & Bangladesh on 30 August 2014 at Guwahati. Ministers and MLAs from three Northeastern states, including Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya, apart from trade and industry leaders, academics and others participated in this workshop.
CDPS prepared a Research Paper on Economic Cooperation Between Assam and Bangladesh. The study was part of a programme titled India and Her Neighbours carried out by Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. The research paper was prepared during April-May 2014.
On 18 February 2014, CDPS Executive Director Mr Wasbir Hussain visited the 21st Mountain Division of the Indian Army headquartered at Rangia in Assam’s Kamrup district and delivered a lecture titled Maoism in Northeast India: The Spread of a Rebellion. The lecture was followed by thought provoking questions related to the topic raised by top army officers present. Maj Gen AK Bhatt, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Red Horns Division was the guest of honour in the lecture programme where Brigadiers and other Army officers from Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya attended.
3-4 February 2014: CDPS organized a two-day National Seminar titled Responding to the Maoist Spread in India’s Northeast. Mr. P.C. Haldar, Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India, inaugurated the Seminar and delivered the Keynote Address. Mr Scott Furssedonn-Wood, British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India was the Guest of Honour. The seminar was supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata. It was well attended by academics, scholars, writers, veteran journalists, social workers, college and university students, retired army officers, senior police officers and bureaucrats.
November 2013 : CDPS came out with a publication titled The Autonomy Discourse. The Book is a collection of essays presented in the seminar titled 'Autonomy and Devolution of Powers: Can it Fulfill People’s Aspirations in Northeast India?' organized by CDPS. The book is edited by Mr Wasbir Hussain and Ms Rani Pathak Das.
11-12 November 2013: The Centre for Development and Peace Studies, Guwahati, and the Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies, New Delhi jointly organized two regional dialogues titled Peace Audit: Northeast and Guwahati Initiative: Northeast as the Centre of a Regional Universe at Guwahati.
October 2013-August 2014. Conducted a study titled The Maoist Consolidation in Northeast India: A Strategy to Check the Spread of Red Terror. Under this study, CDPS carried out a Socio-Economic Survey in four districts of Assam, namely, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and Silchar.
September 2013-September 2014: Study on Establishment of a Feedback Channel to Assess the Effectiveness of the CSR and Sustainable Activities of NRL. Study was commissioned by NRL.
28-30 August 2013. A CDPS team participated the Fifth Regional Dialogue on ‘South Asia 2025: Common Future, Shared Responsibility’ held in the banner of the Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT – www.cosatt.org) in Kathmandu. Organized by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Dialogue was attended by seven other COSATT partners from the SAARC countries, including CDPS.
18-19 August, 2013: CDPS organized a two-day seminar titled Autonomy and Devolution of Powers: Can it Fulfill People’s Aspirations in Northeast India? at Guwahati. The seminar was inaugurated by His Excellency the Governor of Assam, Shri Janaki Ballav Patnaik. The Keynote Address was delivered by Mr. P.C. Haldar, Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India. The seminar was attended by a cross section of people from the northeastern states which included Autonomous Council members, civil society leaders, student union leaders, academics, senior journalists, social activists, college and university students, retired and serving army officers, senior police officers and bureaucrats.
April 2013-April 2014: Study on Women-headed Households in Assam: The Social and Psychological Impact of Insurgency on Women in Assam was done by CDPS covering four districts of Assam: Nalbari, Kamrup, Tinsukia and Dima Hasao. The study was supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
21 April 2013: CDPS organized a documentary film show of 56 minutes duration in Guwahati. The film, titled Islamic Heritage in Assam is directed by veteran director Abdul Majid. The research and script is by eminent sociologist Dr ANS Ahmed. The documentary is a shorter version of five episodes of a larger documentary arranged in a thematic order to cover various aspects of Islamic heritage in Assam.
24 January 2013: A four member CDPS team made a field visit to Al Jamiya Fatima-tuz-Zahra'lil Banat situated at Udali in Lanka under Nagaon district.
The CDPS team conducted the final orientation programme at host Madrasa Assam Markaz-ul-Uloom (Islampur Madrasa, Guwahati) on Sunday, 30 December 2012. The programme was attended by the Markaz authorities, students, teachers and community representatives.
A CDPS team and its programme partner Assam Markaz-ul-Uloom (Islampur Madrasa, Guwahati) visited the selected Madrasas in western Assam’s Barpeta and Dhubri districts on 26-27 December 2012, initiating the Peace Awareness and Vocational Training programme.

October- December 2012: A study titled Situation of Children in Civil Strife Affected Areas - GAP Study was successfully completed by CDPS. The study covered six states (Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Assam) and was supported by UNICEF.

On 23 November 2012, CDPS launched a Peace Awareness and Vocational Training Programme for Madrassa students. The project was supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata and was initiated in collaboration with Assam Markazul Uloom (Islampur Madrassa), Guwahati. The programme was successfully completed in March 2013.

October 2012: CDPS came out with a book publication titled Sustaining Peace Chaniging Dimensions. The Book is a collection of essays presented in the seminar titled Sustaining Peace in Northeast India: Changing Dimensions organized by CDPS at Guwahati from 13-14 February, 2012. The book is edited by Mr Wasbir Hussain and the research is done by Ms Rani Pathak Das.
On 31 August 2012, CDPS hosted a meeting in Guwahati for the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), New Delhi. The meeting was participated by NSAB members as well as well known opinion makers from the region.
May 2012-April 2013: Study on Autonomy and Devolution: Is it Enough to Address Ethnic Aspirations in India's Northeast? The Case of Assam. The study was commissioned by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).
May-June 2012: During CDPS internship programme, three students from India and Germany worked with CDPS. The output was three research papers that were published by CDPS as a monograph.

April 2012-March 2013: CDPS did a CSR project titled Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation of CSR Activities of Numaligarh Refinery Limited. The project is supported by NRL.

Organized a two-day national seminar titled Sustaining Peace in Northeast India: Changing Dimensions at Guwahati on 13-14 February, 2012. The seminar was supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata. It was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India, Mr Sanjay Wadvani was the Guest of Honour and the former Union Home Secretary Mr GK Pillai was the Keynote Speaker. The seminar was attended by a cross section of people including academics, scholars, writers, veteran journalists, social workers, college and university students, retired army officers, senior police officers and bureaucrats.
Dimasa Problem: A Round Table Discussion was organized by CDPS in Guwahati on 10 November 2011. The round table was attended by various Dimasa and non-Dimasa organizations apart from intellectuals, academicians, retired bureaucrats, retired army personnel and journalists.
Seminar on Exploring the Linkages with Southeast Asia & China. Organized by CDPS in collaboration with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi on July 3, 2011, Guwahati.
National Workshop on Social, Economic and Political Dynamics in Extremist Affected Areas was Organized on 17 February 2011 at Guwahati. Workshop was participated by top ranking police officers from across the country. It was a part of the 18-month study on the 'Social, Economic and Political Dynamics in Extremist Affected Areas' which was commissioned by BPR&D, Govt. of India.
A National Symposium on Muslims in Assam: Challenges and Opportunities was organized on 16-17 January 2011 at Guwahati. The Symposium was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, and the British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India, Mr Sanjay Wadvani, and attended by a cross section of dignitaries including academics, scholars, writers, cultural personalities, social workers, senior police officers and bureaucrats.
Organized a Round Table titled Policy On Peace Talks on 15 September 2010 in Guwahati. Peace activists, former militant leaders and members of the academia, among others, participated in the Round Table.
15 September 2010: Release of the book Peace Tools and Conflict Nuances in India’s Northeast edited by CDPS Director Wasbir Hussain and published by Wordweaves India, a Guwahati based publishing house. Dr Monirul Hussain, Head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology, Gauhati University released the book. The book is a collection of essays that includes commentaries on whether Political Science as a discipline can be used to understand and resolve conflicts in a conflict ridden area like the Northeast.
Organized a talk titled India-Bangladesh Relations: Beyond Barriers on 7 April 2010 in Guwahati. Talk was delivered by His Excellency Tariq Ahmed Karim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India . The talk was followed by a brainstorming interactive session. Participants included economists, industrialists, academics, administrative officers, police officers, senior journalists, social activists, etc.
Organized a Round Table of civil society leaders from North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong districts in Guwahati on 13 March 2010. The conference called upon the government to put the process of peace talks with various militant groups in the area on a first track and said the authorities to set a time bound action plan to bring about an acceptable solution to the problems in the two districts. The round table was titled Dialogue: Road to Peace in Assam’s Hill Districts.
Social Audit of Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.'s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme was done during November 2009-March 2010. Project was commissioned by Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.

Organized an interface on Police-Media Relations at Guwahati on July 19, 2009. The Interface was inaugurated by the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and attended by police officers, journalists, peace and security experts, and others from around Northeast India and outside.

June 2009-February 2011: Study on Social, Economic and Political Dynamics in Extremist Affected Areas in five Northeastern (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland) and three Naxalite affected (Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand) states. Project commissioned by Bureau of Police Research and Development, Government of India.

Organized a two-day national workshop on the subject Can Political Science Be a Tool To Understand and Resolve Conflicts? The Case of India’s Northeast at Guwahati on March 16 and 17, 2009. The workshop was inaugurated by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen. (retd.) J. J. Singh and the British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India Mr. Simon Wilson. It was attended by political scientists from around Northeast India and outside, peace and security experts, journalists and others.

Conducted a study on the status of out of school children who have joined mainstream school after the bridge course programme under Sarva Shiksha Abhijan (SSA) Mission, Assam. The study (conducted between October 2008 - February 2009) was commissioned by SSA, Assam.

Observed the International Day of Peace or World Peace Day on 21 September 2008. Peace and social activists including noted Gandhian Natwar Thakkar, former insurgent leaders, academics, journalists and development experts attended a round-table in Guwahati organized by CDPS to mark the occasion in the backdrop of insurgency and ethnic strife afflicting India’s Northeast and the efforts by the government and non-government agencies at peace-making.

Held a two-day National Workshop on the theme Identity & Development: Twin Challenge's in India's Northeast at Guwahati on 28-29 January 2008. The Workshop was inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Mr Tarun Gogoi in presence of British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India Mr Simon Wilson.

During 2006, the CDPS Director Mr Wasbir Hussain edited the seminar papers (seminar held on December 19-21) and the book Order in Chaos: Essays on Conflict in India’s North East and the Road to Peace in South Asia was released at a function held in hotel Belle Vue on December 30, 2006. The book was released by Mr R N Mathur, IPS, DG, Vigilance and Civil Defence.

CDPS conducted a Social Audit of the Community Development Programme of Numaligarh Refinery Limited between March and July 2006. The study was commissioned by NRL.

During 2005-2006, the Centre conducted a study on Women Entrepreneurs in the North East. The study was commissioned by Indian Institute for Entrepreneurship, Guwahati.

The Centre held a three-day-long seminar in Guwahati titled Road to Peace in South Asia: Learning from the Neighbourhood in collaboration with the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata, from 19-21 December 2005. The seminar was inaugurated by Chief Minister, Assam.

A three part project on Impact of Self-Help Groups in Assam was done by the Centre in 2005 and the reports were submitted to SIRD, Assam.
In February 2005, CDPS conducted an impact study on Regional SARAS 2005, Guwahati (Assam), targetting the participating SHGs (Self Help Groups). The study was commissioned by the State Institute for Rural Development (SIRD), Assam.

On 11 January 2005, a seminar was held in collaboration with Delhi Policy Group. The seminar was titled Comprehensive Nature of Security. It was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Assam.

16 October 2004: A Round Table discussion was held on the topic Breaking the Deadlock on the Road to Peace in Assam at Guwahati.

 

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